Julie & Michael

July 27

Rancho Palos Verdes, California

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Q&A with the Bride:

What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

The spectacular view of the ocean from the ceremony site. There is a small outdoor amphitheater that overlooks the ocean and it was a perfect size and setting for our ceremony. There is also a great indoor/outdoor reception area on site that made it an easy transition into the cocktail hour.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

My bouquet turned out beautifully, the succulents and poppies were my favorite additions to the bouquet. Our table centerpieces were modern succulent planters so they could be enjoyed much longer than a typical floral centerpiece. Lastly, our sweetheart table was cocktail height so we had a great view of all of our guests.

If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?

Work with great vendors. They can make your experience easier and less stressful. It is also a good idea to have a planner there for the day of to keep things organized and on schedule.

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

We read our own vows during the ceremony and it added a personal touch that made our day extra special.

Rustic DIY Iowa Winery Wedding

Posted by Kim on Jul 12, 2012

Ann & John

May 26

Summerset Winery, Indianola, Iowa

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What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

We knew it was the venue we wanted because of the opportunity to have the ceremony outside in such a beautiful place. Summerset just seemed so peaceful, simple, and welcoming. It was the perfect place for our style!

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

I loved the way the ceremony was set up, how everyone was spread out under umbrellas in Adirondack chairs. It allowed for a relaxed feel for the ceremony. All of the simple details were fun. My family, friends, and I made almost all of the decorations so it was fun to see it all come together. My bouquet was from our great grandmothers’, grandmothers’, and mothers’ brooches. The bridesmaids and I all got together and everyone made their own custom fabric bouquet so each one was different. We made the boutonnieres, I made the “Here Comes the Bride” sign that the ring bearers carried, my sister-in-law made the flower girl’s tutu, my grandmother painted every chalk mason jar that the guests drank out of and then took home as favors, my aunt and uncle made all of the cupcakes and cake we cut, all of the antique doors were from a farm in Nebraska where I am from, my childhood neighbors made my flower for my hair, I made my garters, with help from my grandmother I made our thumbprint guestbook tree, and my sisters made all of the signs.

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

I can’t stop thinking about our ceremony. It was so relaxed, intimate, and personal. Our officiant was our good friend and Christian mentor so it was very special that he knew us so well and delivered a message and ceremony that was meaningful and powerful. We felt so loved from everyone that was there physically and in our hearts.

Willow & Paul

May 19

Lake Eden, Black Mountain, North Carolina

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From our Q&A with the Bride:

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

My husband, Paul, and I wanted a venue that showed off the natural beauty of the area, so our guests, who were all traveling from out of town, would really be able to feel outside of their everyday. We also wanted a blank canvas that we could make our own and a venue with at least some lodging on site. My family and oldest friends are mostly from the Chicago area, Paul’s are largely from New Jersey, and we live in Brooklyn. It’s not very common for everyone we love to be in the same place at the same time, and we wanted to provide the stage for that kind of togetherness.  

Rustic Farm Wedding in Alabama

Posted by Kim on Jun 20, 2012

Summer & Chad

May 26

Huckleberry Farm, Jasper, Alabama

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Our Q&A with the Bride:

What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

The wonderful barn. Chad is a farmer and we are real outdoors people, so the barn and outdoor wedding really represented us as a couple.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

The wine box ceremony where guests wrote letters to us, and Chad and I wrote letters to each other. Chad’s boots being the vessels for the centerpieces. And our wedding cake topper of a man and a woman on a tractor – Chad asked me to marry him on a tractor!

Tell us about the one moment from your wedding day that you can’t stop thinking about.

When Chad was saying his vows it was a very emotional moment for me.

In the middle of the cold, snowy East coast winter {which actually has been fairly mild this year} I crave outdoor weddings.  Dana and Ben’s nuptials at the pastoral Armstrong Farms Allyson Anne barn are just the fix.  With gorgeous photos by Carden’s Photography, and a TON of DIY creativity by Dana, not to mention a scrumptious pie bar by JPC Event Group, this wedding will feed your need for pretty, rustic and outdoor beauty!

Dana and Ben are both mechanical engineers for a large aeronautics company, and they embraced their “science” geek with creative “formula” and equation table markers amidst a setting of rustic ribbons, fabric flags and carefully crafted details.  Their shaker-style ceremony featured hand crafted vows and speeches, surrounded by family and friends.  And did I mention the killer photo booth that Dana created with oh-so-amazing props?